The mission of South Brooklyn Legal Services is to seek equal justice for low-income people in Brooklyn by providing a broad range of legal advocacy and information, helping empower poor people to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty in their communities. SBLS is a program of Legal Services NYC.
Legal Services NYC Responds to Union Strike Vote
We are disappointed that the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) voted to strike rather than accept our proposal to respond to a 50% drop in Federal funding ($8 million total) with necessary changes to healthcare and retirement programs. Without those changes, we will be forced to lay off as many as 50 people by the end of 2014.
Effective May 16, LSSA’s 220 members will be on the picket line instead of in the courts and offices fighting for their clients.
A strike is not good for our staff, our clients or their communities. We are very hopeful that we can return to the bargaining table quickly and resolve this impasse to restore programs like foreclosure prevention and immigration assistance for the New Yorkers who depend on us.
In the interim, please know that all of our offices will remain open. We have put into place very detailed plans to ensure continued services to clients.
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* 16 May 2013
NYS Attorney General announces intent to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo for violations of national mortgage settlement
South Brooklyn Legal Services stood with Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman yesterday as he announced his intention to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo for repeatedly violating the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement.
Attorney General Schneiderman announced the legal action at his office. The Attorney General was joined by New York Communities for Change, Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Empire Justice Center, Faith NY, South Brooklyn Legal Services, and representatives of housing counseling agencies and legal services organizations that assisted his office in documenting violations by the banks. He was also joined by homeowners who have suffered delays in the mortgage modification process in violation of the Servicing Standards.
Brooklyn Legal Services Needs Your Help
Since our Brooklyn Legal Services offices opened their doors after Hurricane Sandy, we have been faced with widespread devastation across Brooklyn’s low-income communities. In Coney Island, Gowanus and Red Hook, thousands of public housing residents were without power, heat or running water for over a week. Hundreds of displaced individuals slept side by side in school gyms and classrooms. In Southern Brooklyn, homes were badly flooded – leaving hundreds of homeowners and tenants displaced and entire communities struggling to rebuild.
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* 14 December 2012
City responds to pressure from legal services providers and announces implementation of DSNAP
After legal services organizations, including South Brooklyn Legal Services, negotiated with the city and the state to provide assistance for food-insecure survivors of Super Storm Sandy, the Human Resources Administration has announced that, starting Wednesday, December, 12, New York City will begin implementing a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) for individuals and families in twelve New York City zip codes.
* 7 December 2012
SBLS Urges City to Request Disaster Food Stamp Issuances for Sandy Survivors
SBLS today joined more than twenty organizations in strongly urging the city’s Human Rights Administration (HRA) to seize the opportunity to participate in the Disaster Assistance Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Estimates are that the program could bring in more than $50 million in much needed federal assistance for several hundred thousand New York City households, which will not only help those individuals and families, but will also generate income for many small businesses in and around the areas of the City most affected by Superstorm Sandy.
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* 20 November 2012